MAY 4, 2004



MEMBERS PRESENT:†††††††††† Donovan, Lengerman, Peck, Robert, Rothhaar,

Zimmer-Janeczko, Berthiaume




The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairperson Bruce Peck.




A motion was made by Lengerman, seconded by Rothhaar to receive the minutes of the meeting of April 6, 2004.Motion carried


Gun Show Report


On August 26, 2003 the Commission conducted a public hearing and voted to once again allow the gun show at the Civic Arena.Their action was necessary because the Commission had earlier recommended that the Gun Show not be held due to its size and the resulting parking issues.The Gun Show was held on April 3-4, 2004 and was held without incident.McGuire outlined a report prepared by the City Attorney and Ted Stockich of the Midland Sportsmanís Club, reported as well indicating that numbers for the show were near normal.He detailed parking arrangements.The Commission questioned guns on school property.Stokich explained that parking areas are exempted.Lengerman acknowledged that the parking situation was better in the area.


Project Update


McGuire reported on various department projects as follows:


Civic Arena Ė The design phase is on-going. The architect is considering the inclusion of materials being offered to Fast Ice as in-kind donations.A preliminary site plan has been developed placing the rink at the Westerly edge of the property.The site plan is currently being finalized.The project still appears to be on schedule for bidding early in June.




The Sprayground at Longview School is progressing.The plans are currently awaiting approval by the State Health Department.Since we last built a sprayground they have become regulated by the pools division of the State Health Department.We expect approval very soon and are looking at a completion date in early July.




This project has been approved by City Council and we have entered into an agreement with the National Bicycle League for construction.Brush clearing on the site has begun.Stockpiling of clay building material will begin on June 1 with construction to begin in late June or early July.Construction should take 7-10 days with use immediately after that.Discussions are also underway to form a local branch of the NBL to organize races at the track on one weekday evening per week.


Master Plan Schedule


The Master Plan Final Draft is expected to be placed on City Councilís agenda in May with a public hearing to follow.


Old Business


Lengerman discussed playground inspection.McGuire indicated that guidelines are followed.Childhood obesity was discussed and McGuire reported that a meeting had been scheduled with hospital officials.


New Business


Peck recognized audience members who arrived later and Brian Plummer spoke in support of the BMX Track.


Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.






Marty McGuire